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'Classics in Translation' Previous Question- 2013 with Answer



Subject code: 1188

Classics in Translation

Time: 4 hours                                                                                                              Marks-80

Part – A

1.   Answer any ten questions:                                                                                     1´10 = 10

      a.  Name the three great masters of Greek tragedy.

           Ans : The three great masters of Greek tragedy are Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides.

      b.  Between which countries was the Trojan War fought?

           Ans : The Trojan War was fought between Greece and the city of Troy in Anatolia. 

      c.  Who is Chrysies?

           Ans : Chrysies is the daughter of Chryses, a priest of Apollo.

      d.  Who is Calchas?

           Ans : In Greek mythology Calchas is a soothsayer.

      e.  Name the plays of the Argive Trilogy.

           Ans : The plays of the Argive Trilogy are The OresteiaProteus and Seven Against Thebes.

      f.  What happened to Iphigenia?

           Ans : Iphigenia was slaughtered by her father Agamemnon for national interest.

      g.  Where is Medea's house?

           Ans : Medea’s house is in Corinth.

      h.  What is Lethe?

           Ans : In classical mythology Lethe is a river of forgetfulness in Hades.

      i.   Who is Apollo?

           Ans : Apollo, the son of Zeus and Leto, is the god of music, truth and prophecy.

      j.  Name the two travelers in "The Frogs".

           Ans : The two travelers in The Frogs are Dionysus and Xanthias.

      k.  Who is Dionysus?

           Ans : In Greek mythology, Dionysus is the god of the Grape Harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy.

      l.   What does "Deus Ex Machina " mean?

           Ans : ‘Deus Ex Machina’ means "god from the machine".


Part – B

Answer any five questions:                                                                                          4 ´ 5 = 20

2. Write a note on Homeric Similes.

3. What was Hector’s attitude to Paris?

4. What is the guilt of Agamemnon that brings miseries in his life?

5. Bring out the dramatic significance of the Red Carpet Episode in “Agamemnon”.

6. Why does Hippolytus feel a strong dislike for womenfolk?

7. What drives Phaedra to welcome death?

8. Under what circumstances did Medea become revengeful?

9. What role does Pluto play in “The Frogs”?


Part – C

Answer any five questions:                                                                                        10 ´ 5 = 50

10. What epic elements do you find in Homer’s “The Iliad”?

11. Discuss Homer’s treatment of the Olympian gods and goddesses in “The Iliad”.

12. Discuss Agamemnon as a tragic hero.

13. Write a critical note on Aeschylus’ use of the chorus in “Agamemnon”.

14. Discuss the role of the Nurse in Seneca’s “Phaedra”.

15. Seneca’s “Phaedra” is full of moral discourse. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer.

16. Evaluate Medea as a tragic heroine.

17. Aristophanes “The Frogs” reflects the political situation of Athens of that period-Evaluate.

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